you are browsing our site I can assume that you are
different then most people these days. You take your
personal security and that of you friends and family
very seriously. You know that the mind, body and spirit
must work together effectively to fight off a human
You are trying to gather information to enable you to
blend your system. The aim of this article is to give
you food for thought about blending the pistol into
your fighting system no matter what it is. But the concentration
is using the pistol where there is not even enough room
to extend your arm.
At this distance carrying the custom pistol as a talisman
goes out the window. It has no bearing how many big
name schools you have tithed or what smith's mark
is on the slide of your gun. What matters is your personal
determination to bring whatever side arm you have into
play when you are shocked, bleeding and scared.
In my opinion there are only two kinds of weapons, edged
and impact. The bullet is an impact weapon with extended
range. When you dumb it down like this it is easier
to train to use them and defend against them.
For a pistol to be of use in a defensive situation it
has to be in the hand and out of the holster. This means
either you are alert enough to anticipate and draw your
pistol prior to the attack or you are able to gain the
distance at the onset of an attack to allowing you the
time and room needed to draw. Mindset will enable you
to alert to threat and access your gun. You response
to a spontaneous attack is the one that takes hands
on skill and practice.
You can create space by your movement or by moving your
opponent. In close quarters I prefer moving my opponent
in reaction to the first furtive movement towards me.
Not waiting to see what is in his hand first. By aggressing
the aggressor you put him on the defensive.
This will give you the needed time to the gain distance
and draw. If his initial attack was a roundhouse punch
you probably are not justified to shoot. However as
you back up after inflicting some damage and see that
hand contained a screwdriver most people would say you
were justified to drop the hammer.
This can be accomplished by using what I refer to as
the “iron triangle” which is formed when
your hands are raised just above eye level forming a
diamond if front of your face. Since neither hand forward
of the other your reaction to a right or left-handed
attacker is the same.
By forming the “Iron Triangle” you protect
or brain housing unit against the round house punch
or Angle #1 attack which according to the FBI statistics
for officers assaulted is the most common attack, at
As the opponent swings down and hits your bent arms
their momentum takes the path of least resistance taking
their attack off line and thus off- balancing them.
Now in close you can trap the arm going into a throw
or series of strikes before gaining distance and pulling
Traditional firearms instruction would have you do “something”
with your off hand while accessing your pistol with
your weapon hand. This would require you to give up
valuable time by waiting to see if the furtive movement
presented a deadly weapon before you did anything.
By using the “Iron Triangle” to respond
to any furtive movement you are able to close the distance,
trap the weapon, counter and disengage. This creates
the distance your mind needs to process the difference
between an empty hand and one with a knife while at
the same time affording you the room to deploy the handgun
at it's intended range.